Early years nutrition is vital with recent reports indicating that by 2025 the number of under-fives who are overweight or obese will have risen from an estimated 42 million to 70 million (World Health Organisation). The food that young children consume, and the habits they develop around food have a large impact on health and well-being during childhood and later in life. Through case studies and discussion this session will review the current nutritional status of one to five year olds, and explore the role of early years settings in positively influencing the nutrition and hydration habits in young children.

Chair: Dr Patricia Mucavele OBE, Former Head of Nutrition, Children’s Food Trust

10.30 – 10.50

Nutrition in the early years: an overview of current food and drink guidelines for early years settings in England, and recommendations

Dr Patricia Mucavele OBE, Former Head of Nutrition, Children’s Food Trust

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10.50 – 11.10

Best practice: achieving nutrition requirements in the early years

Edwina Revel, Programme Manager, Early Start

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11.10 – 11.30

Promoting healthy hydration in early years settings – a case study

Lucy Shipton, Registered Dietitian, Early Years Nutrition Partnership

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11.30 – 11.50

Practical tips for dealing positively with picky eating in pre-school children

Claire Baseley, Registered Nutritionist, Ella's Kitchen

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11.50 – 12.00 Question and answer session


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